GLORY HOPE MOUNTAIN
Take something of a pop undercurrent, with the soul of old-fashioned folk music, and add a splash of world-beat instrumentation stylings, and you have The Acorn in a nutshell.
This Ottawa based band has an interesting sound. Generally this is pretty mellow in approach, laid back, relaxing. Crooked Legs, a song with a world beat drum element is about as pumped as they get. In that regard, this is great music to relax if you don't take the material in too deeply. Low Gravity too takes it up just a bit too, but don't fret, it's not overly exertive on the system. It's just more electronically flavoured.
However, there is an entirely different level to The Acorn's music, and that comes to the listener when you relax and absorb the lyrics. There is a lilting poetry here, often with subtle messages that the mind can mull over at its leisure later.
Of course you might expect a CD with a certain level of depth and maturity here. Glory Hope Mountain is not a debut effort. In fact, The Acorn began recording back in 2002, and have produced nearly a CD a-year since. For an Indie band that is mighty impressive, and suggests they have attracted a strong following.
There are a number of really beautiful songs here, although my favourite is Oh Napoleon, a number that at times hints at a sort of Japanese rhythm underneath the main sound.
Overall this is a CD which actually grows on the listener. I will admit with the first listen I was sort of ho-hum on the material, but with each follow-up listen the stylings here grew on me. I think the key is to be in the mood for something that is at times beautiful, that is almost completely relaxing, and something that just takes you to a rather mellow state-of-mind.
This is folk music for the 21st century. A natural progression of the genre. Wonderfully executed. Check them out at www.theacorn.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 30, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada